Dec 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Discussing the realities of aging with a loved one is difficult, but arranging for a safe senior living environment is critical. No one wants to visit a parent in the hospital because they were on a ladder changing light bulbs and a fall resulted in a hospital stay. Tasks that are easy for those younger and in good health become a challenge as people age. Senior living does not have to the restrictive and clinical environment found in nursing homes. Active adult communities are a great example of senior independent living that offers all the benefits of living at home with none of the safety concerns. Active adult communities offer:
Independent living in Arkansas can be reasonable inexpensive depending on the model chosen. At home living arrangements are usually the least expensive as they require no additional costs. However, many homes are not designed to accommodate seniors who have trouble with stairs and small bathrooms. Active adult communities are usually available for around the same cost as an apartment located in a similar area. The location will have a lot to do with the eventual cost of the facility.
Start researching early to find the best possible arrangement. Many facilities are full, but new vacancies occur on a regular basis. If you are not on the waiting list, you may not get into the facility of your choice. Some communities offer the option to buy the property, allowing seniors to have a say in how maintenance funds are spent. Finding the best location requires considerable pre-planning, so start today.